many concerns when someone comes home after a long absence. For inmates the stakes
are higher. A few of these concerns are listed below:
- Getting a job
- Staying clean and sober
- Building positive new relationships
- Often the inmate's role was not healthy prior to arrest
and incarceration. What is the new role going to be?
- Fear of failing (this is huge)
- Trust will have to be re-built and will take time
- What are the expectations of each family member and how
can those be prioritized?
Preparing For Release does not address
housing, employment, or how to obtain sobriety.
For families the stakes
are also high. A few concerns that families might have are listed below:
- When will he/she get a job?
- What if he/she does not remain clean and sober?
- What remains of our relationship
before incarceration. Will I/we recognize him/her?
- Will he/she go back to their old
lifestyle and friends that were prevalent prior to incarceration?
- What is his/her role in the family going to be?
- When can I trust him/her again (checkbook,
discipline, intimacy, etc.)
Preparing For Release is designed
to addressed the Sociological issues faced with reentry. It provide tools and
information that will aid both the inmate and the family for a successful release.